Ahmedabad: Protesting against the Centre’s Income Tax notice to Gujarat government over MoUs for large investments in the state; Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the withdrawal of notice immediately.

According to state government officials, Modi told the Prime Minister during a meeting here that the IT move indicated "negative mindset" of the Centre towards development of Gujarat.

The IT department has sought details from the state government over the MoUs signed with top investors during the Vibrant Gujarat Summit early this year. Investments made were to the tune of lakhs of crores.

Modi also submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister listing many issues of the state government pending with the Centre.

I-T notice had sought details of MoUs signed during the Summit in January, where companies had pledged to make investment of Rs 1,000 crore or more.

Modi said that some other states had also participated in the summit but none of them have been issued such notices.

"The Prime Minister said that this should not have happened and promised to look into the issue," sources claimed. The meeting with Modi was not scheduled in the Prime Minister's programme. It lasted for about 15 minutes, an official said.

Modi urged the Prime Minister "to ensure that Gujarat, a state contributing significantly to India's economy, gets all its rights and also the Centre play a constructive role in its development".

Reliance-Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, Ahmedabad-based Adani Group, Essar, Larsen and Toubro and Mahindra & Mahindra were among those who had announced major investments in Gujarat during the summit.

In the memorandum to Manmohan Singh, Modi also demanded immediate allocation of gas for power plants in Gujarat and pleaded to revoke policy discrimination which makes CNG users in the state to pay the highest price for CNG in the country.

Modi also urged the Prime Minister to revoke the new formula for crude oil royalty and sought compensation of Rs 2,800 crore for the loss suffered by Gujarat in crude royalty.

He requested the Prime Minister to give 90 per cent financial assistance for canal network of Sardar Sarovar Project on river Narmada.

Singh has assured Modi that he would look into the issues raised in the memorandum, sources said.

(Agencies)